I’m not the least bit bashful about this: I really don’t enjoy “the holiday season.” It simply puts me in a bad mood. At least in my part of the world, “the holidays” now seem to start around the time the kids go back to school, and they end about the time the kids go back to school! What’s to like? It’s dark and cold. The weather and lack of sunlight slow me down and make me want to stay in bed and hibernate until “the holidays” are over. And, please don’t hate me if you love the sounds of the season, but there are more than just a few Christmas songs I really can’t stand. “Winter Wonderland” and “The Little Drummer Boy” are two of my least fave tunes in the world, and apparently they’re the ones that banks, restaurants, stores, the media, and even the house that sings down the road, love the most.
This year I managed to take a few weeks off and unplug from my computer long enough to rest right before that last holiday “push” and before my mother in law arrived to stay in my apartment. I am not going to comment on the visit, or the family celebration that has left me with a three-day headache.
Ok, I know I’m a Scrooge, but be honest–what adult really likes the holiday push–those frantic, two weeks before Christmas? Everyone is irritated by the long lines at stores, lack of cash and sleep, too many obligations, and perhaps, too many Christmas carols, plus family interaction that doesn’t always work out joyfully. I think I read somewhere that the holiday season is the most popular time for suicides, and I know for a fact it is the most popular time to fire people from their jobs.
This is the last day before New Years’ eve. I am rushing to put this up before my guests arrive for New Years. I’m feeling a bit happier and more optimistic now, especially since I am nearing the end of a disappointing 2007. I am spending New Years’ eve with my husband and two good friends, and we will drink good champagne and eat lobsters, so I’m pretty much assured a happy evening. To be assured for a happy 2008 with lots of possibilities I know I have got my work cut out for me. Meanwhile, I want to wish all my readers around the world a happy and satisfying new year. And, I hope you’ll keep checking out the advice sisters web site and leatherandlaceadvice.com. Let me know what your new years’ resolutions are?
Out with the old, in with the new!
happy new year!